We've been hearing about "wearable computing" for years. But we're finally at a tipping point. Better batteries, miniaturization, and radical new approaches to manufacturing electronic circuits have finally made screens, computers and sensors small enough to stick just about anywhere.
Google engineers sent some Android phones into near space with weather balloons. They collected data with embedded sensors (GPS, gyroscope, accelerometer, magnetometer) and capture some stunning imagery and videos of Earth.
Robots are after my job. Researchers at the Intelligent Systems Informatics Lab at Tokyo University have developed a journalist robot that can autonomously explore its environment and report what it finds.
A team of scientists has developed what is believed to be the first artificial hand that has feeling. It has been attached to the arm of a 22-year-old man who lost his own hand through cancer. Researchers say it works by connecting human nerve endings with tiny electronic sensors.
For the better part of a century, they’ve promised us robots. American pop culture has shown a future where humans do little work, leaving the heavy labor to their robot friends. Yet here we are in the year 2009 without a mechanical maid or butler in sight. Where are all the cool robots?
With the tongue drive control system, it is now possible for people with a spinal injury to precisely control their wheelchair. While a magnet is attached to the tip of the tongue, a computer interprets the fluctuation of the magnetic field resulting from tongue moves and reacts upon.